Payal Jain, our Existing Customer Management Director, was invited to present at the Barclays Global Women in Leadership Conference held in New York to represent Vanquis alongside Edwina Dunn, founder of The Female Lead on "Shaping Our World as Female Leads". She was joined by an audience of over 4000 female MDs from across the globe!
Payal and Edwina come from different worlds – Edwina an entrepreneur and Payal from a corporate background – however they share a mutual passion for empowering women to be role models and take ownership of their careers. Here's a quick summary of what they presented at the conference:
Payal delivered an inspiring presentation focusing on her experience as a female leader, how it shaped her to become who she is today and how other women can be successful too. She shared an intimate story during her career where a seemingly disappointing moment essentially shaped her into a stronger role model as well as previous situations where she overcame the "imposter syndrome" by remaining confident in her abilities and believing in herself.
Edwina co-founded dunnhumby with her husband, a customer data science company responsible for launching the TESCO club card that eventually sold for 100 million pounds. Edwina shared her success story, her experience as a female leader in a typically male-dominant environment, and more importantly, why she started The Female Lead. The initiative, expertly summarised in their strapline, "You can't be what you can't see", aims to elevate the visibility of powerful female role models, provides them a platform to discuss the work they're carrying out and to ultimately enable younger women to become the next generation of female leads.
Payal and Edwina together shared their top tips for successful careers. Here's a few of them:
- Worst moments can be your best – Sometimes, a disappointing moment can lead to a turning point. Payal reinforced this through her story of the time she didn't get the job she really wanted, but got such valuable feedback that it shaped her future career.
- Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils (a.k.a. don't be afraid to be different) - You don't need to be someone you're not in order to be successful; just take a deep breath, be confident in yourself and know that you belong and continue to be yourself and be confident.
- Take ownership of your career – Spend the time and effort to develop ourselves and not wait around for your boss to give you the opportunities. This is key for anyone, not just female leaders, in getting to where you want to be in your career.